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Copy directory from command line

Windows has two command line utilities to copy files/directories from command line. Copy command can be used to copy files from one folder to another folder. It can’t be used to copy a complete folder to another location on the disk. Xcopy allows us to do this. Let’s see how we can copy a directory along with all the files and sub directories to another location.

Xcopy /E /I SourceFolder DestinationFolder

Let’s say we need to copy a directory called C:\dir1\sourcedir to a location named D:\data\destinationdir.

Now you can run the below command to copy the complete sourcedir to D:\data\destination

Xcopy /E /I C:\dir1\sourcedir D:\data\destinationdir

In the above command we can also use relative paths of the folders with respect to the current directory.

Understanding the command

/E – This option makes sure that empty subfolders are copied to the destination.
/I – Avoids prompting if the destination is a folder or file. Not required if you are adding a trailing ‘\’ to the destination folder, like below.

Xcopy /E C:\dir1\sourcedir D:\data\destinationdir\

/S – This option is not required if you are using /E. /E ensures that all subfolders are also copied to the destination.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Sam January 3, 2014, 3:30 pm

    yOU Are the Best….i just tried it now…it came very handy wen i needed it…

  • mr.hostile September 13, 2015, 6:56 pm

    0 files copied

    • admin September 14, 2015, 6:32 pm

      What was the exact command you tried? Can you paste the output of dir on the source folder

  • JBK October 18, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Worked like a charm.

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